A Nigerian, Maureen Moses, 38, broke down at an Accra Circuit Court on Thursday immediately a 10-year prison sentence was pronounced on her for possessing narcotic substances.
As soon as she heard the verdict: “The accused is hereby sentenced to 10 years in hard labour…” Maureen started shivering and exclaimed: “My Lord, have mercy on me! Please! Please! Have mercy upon me!”
The judge, Ms Audrey Korcuvie–Tay said: “Per your charge and earlier conviction this is the maximum punishment.”
She then ordered the exhibits to be destroyed by the court registrar in the presence of the police and the Investigator of the case.
Maureen, a trader, earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing narcotic drugs but the court deferred her sentence while waiting for further examination of the substance by the Ghana Standards Board.
The report of the board confirmed that the substances was narcotic.
According to the Prosecutor, Police Chief Inspector Johnson Kwabena Anim, Maureen was arrested on May 4, 2012 at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, after she was seen with a quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
He told the court that the complainants in the case are two police personnel stationed at the Neoplan Lorry Station who spotted Maureen at the Obra Spot, at the circle holding a brown handbag.
According to the prosecutor, a young man in the company of the two policemen saw the convict and called her, but without any cause she took to her heels compelling the police to be suspicious.
The policemen managed to arrest her and after searching her bag found a quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, a pair of scissors, two wrappers, two lighters as well as brown paper.
The prosecutor explained that when the officers interrogated her she admitted ownership of the dried leaves and other items in the bag and was subsequently arrested and handed over to the Kaneshie Police where she was detained.